Why Hasn’t Mitt Romney Invited Sarah Palin to “the Big Dance” in Tampa?

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July 16 2012 2:41 PM

Why Hasn’t Mitt Romney Invited Sarah Palin to “the Big Dance” in Tampa?

Could it be that while fending off the growing Bain controversy, Mitt Romney forgot to put Sarah Palin’s invite to Tampa in the mail?

The former candidate and Tea Party star—who was chosen over Romney as Sen. John McCain’s running mate in 2008—reportedly has no speaking role in this year’s National Republican convention yet. In fact, the former vice presidential candidate hasn’t even been invited to attend; a dishonor only shared by John Edwards in 2008.

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Sarah Palin has yet to be invited by Mitt Romney or his organization to speak or appear at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

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She said she would refrain from inviting herself and a date “to the big dance,” but Palin may do more damage as an absentee than a celebrity in danger of going off script—one possible reason she hasn’t been picked to participate. Will his snub of Palin land Romney in hot water with the Tea Party? Who knows—this week the campaign may announce its VP pick, so we could all forget soon enough about Sarah Palin.

Video by Paca Thomas.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.

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